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Old 03-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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A 60p aquascape--56k warning-- (updated april 21, 2013)


planted, March 23, 2012.

One month has passed since the planting and the flood...



(More pics and info in my last post in this thread)


glossostigma up front, mini xmas moss on the tree, microsword in the back-left corner and between the rocks, blyxa japonica in front of the tree and halfway up the hill on the right, green rotala and butterfly rotala red in the back behind the tree, narrow leaf java fern

thanks for reading.

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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I like the three rocks on the right and the DW. The two rocks on the left look a little big in my opinion. Are you planning on sloping the substrate?
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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thx for the reply.

yes, I plan on having a slope highest in the back right corner, behind the tree, and then sloping down to the left and towards the front. thinking the front will be about two inches of soil, and back right would be about four inches, back left would be three inches...

I am going to put the soil in tomorrow, and hope to plant everything on Friday....
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I would put the intake and the return next to each other in the corner of your choice. The outflow parallel to the longer wall (front or rear).

I would be aiming for the current/flow to hit the opposite wall, bounce along the shorter wall, and continue parallel the other long wall, helped by the pull of the intake. Basically, making a full circle around the tank.

That should help with positioning the wood and stones as, ideally you do not want them to get in the way of the flow.


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thx for the reply.

yes, I plan on having a slope highest in the back right corner, behind the tree, and then sloping down to the left and towards the front. thinking the front will be about two inches of soil, and back right would be about four inches, back left would be three inches...

I am going to put the soil in tomorrow, and hope to plant everything on Friday....
I think it would look good that way. I advise to put the substrate in and then the DW and rocks and leave it for 24-48 hours to make sure you still like it
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You need 'a' bigger rock. Too many about the same size... Maybe a smaller one(or two) too.
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Thx for the replies. I really appreciate it.I think I am going to drill the sides of the stand tomorrow, and run the inflow and outflow from the right side, which should send the current around the tank and around the tree...

I was told the soil would dry out if I left it out/setup. The tree will come above the tank wall, so I don't know how to cover it with Saran Wrap to prevent this. I plan on doing the soil and hardscape tomorrow, and I will try out some different rocks. Hopefully I will be planting on Friday...

I did the equipment setup today-the heater is hanging vertically to the right of the door, but it is out of the picture...

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that outflow pinches like that is bad news
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that outflow pinches like that is bad news
I had the exact same problem. Put a little hose clamp around the pinch point and it has been fine.
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Thanks for the input. I was wondering about that-will it still pinch when water is in there..? It is empty right now. I will get a hose clamp today. Or maybe route the hose differently...
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Thinking about the outflow hose... I might lengthen the hose and fasten it to the ceiling of the cabinet, so it raises and falls more gently without the pinch.

Thanks so much for bringing that up. And to think, I almost didn't post that picture last night, thinking there wasn't anything to show...
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I originally posted some of this on r/plantedtank (dont know if there is any affiliation); starting a running thread here seemed to be a more useful exercise...

I have been playing with ideas for the hardscape; the dry "rough draft" is below. I think I am getting somewhere now (I like the idea of the "tree," which I think will look great with some xmas moss tied to the branch tips)...




So now I am trying to decide on pipe placement; the two options I have come up with are shown below. Eventually, I am going to get those glass ADA pipes, but for now, these green Eheim pipes will be in the tank. The only issue I have is that the stand is open back, not with openings on the sides, which is why I am thinking about the second setup. Any practical and/or aesthetic ideas or thoughts..?





Any advice, thoughts, comments are welcome and MUCH appreciated...

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I had the exact same problem. Put a little hose clamp around the pinch point and it has been fine.

Fixed the bend/pinch on the outflow by installing two hose taps; they are not tight but simply there to make a bend/pinch in the hose (caused by the weight of the mandatory double tap) impossible...

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Old 03-26-2013, 04:59 AM   #15
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Looks great!
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